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today the mood was sunny and the talk was tough. president barack obama on his first official trip to israel since being elected in 2008. steve handelsman, the leaders called each other by their first names which observers say it was a good sign. >> reporter: looked like a love fest, janelle. that seems to suit both leaders. you could hardly tell that the president and the prime minister had a falling out over iran. they praised one another and seemed to agree at least in public about the military option. president obama reassured israelis terrified of iran getting nuclear weapons that if diplomacy fails, using force is possible. >> all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> reporter: benjamin netanyahu sounded pleased. >> that sums up our common view. >> reporter: no more questioning obama resolve. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclears. >> reporter: the president had gotten a warm welcome. netanyahu under pressure to end their public sparring. >>
chris: david, that sounds pretty tough. you think of barack obama as we all know them. he was really there, he was against the iraq war. he was president because of that. >> make no mistake, this is a president that does not want to get into another war. as he looks at syria, he sees a slippery slope. he does not want to slide down it. he had to make those statements this week because he had had said that use of chemical weapons would be a red line. he never said what he would do about it. the one thing that you can be certain of, as obama looks at syria and iran, he wants to avoid any kind of entangling war, long expedition nature war like america has fought over the last 10 years. chris: these wars, if we go into iran, does anyone think it's a quick war, in and out, without historic repercussions on the other side? >> absolutely not, which is part of the reason why nobody within the -- there are very few people in the administration that have any sort of appetite for a war in iran. the same goes with syria. we saw with the libya entanglement, we saw sort of barack obama'
recognizing same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal. after first defending the law, the obama administration switched sides and now says it's unconstitutional. both these cases come to the court in a political climate that's very different from what it was just four years ago when prop 8 was passed. janelle, raj. >> thanks, pete. >>> a bay area boy is now getting worldwide attention after preparing his own argument in favor of same-sex marriage and then sending it to the nation's highest court. 12-year-old daniel sent a letter to supreme court chief justice john roberts about next week's case. even though daniel and his sister have two dads, daniel feels he has a lot in common with the chief justice, who has two adopted children of his own. before mailing his letter to roberts, daniel read it on youtube with hopes of reaching all the justices. >> you and i both know that family goes deeper than blood. i was lucky to be adopted by two guys i can both call dad. >> it's never a good feeling to have your future in somebody else's hands. but we're nervous, you know, and we understa
for a joint press conference with president obama and the israeli prime minister. we will join that press conference as soon as the gets started. prident obama traveling to voice support for israel. the president arriving this morning in tel aviv greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and israel president perez. this marks mr. obama's very first trip to israel since becoming president. nbc's chuck todd is traveling with the president and he has this report. >> reporter: the president started his day in israel with the tour of the iron dome, which is the missile defense system that the u.s. government has actually funded a large part of. >> united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is within our fundamental national security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >> reporter: the president's day is going to be heavy with meetings of israeli officials, the president, perez, prime minister netanyahu. the two of them will have a joint press conference where no do
was found shot to death in denver days before clements's murder. >>> barack obama appeared to move closerer to the position of resuming long stalled peace talks with the palestinians. that suggestion came after a visit to the west bank where the president urged a return to the negotiating table. atiya abawi joins us now from jerusalem. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, betty. from a dusty jerusalem, president obama finished his second -- today receiving a e medal from president perez. that was following a speech he gave to hundreds of israeli university students, but that speech did not go by without at least one heckler. >> given the ties between our countries -- [ shouting ] -- i believe your future is bound to ours. [ shouting ] [ cheers ] [ booing ] >> this is part of the lively debate that we talked about. [ cheers and applause ] this is good. >> reporter: president obama walked off the heckling and said he wouldn't feel at home without at least one heckler. today, his third day in the region, he started out by going to the tomb of the father of modern political zionism. then to
it any day, that's perfect weather. >>> president obama says a personal message to the people of iran. >>> rand paul's new plan for citizenship, and corvette takes on a whole new look. >>> welcome back. here are some other stories making news this morning. president obama tapes a message for the iranian people as the country celebrates its new year. in the recording the president briefly speaks farsi. >>> a suspect has been arrested in the murder of daniel pearl. he is believed to have facilitated his kidnapping. >>> colorado governor is expected to sign tough gun control legislation on wednesday. among other things the measure caps limits on magazines and expand background checks on firearms. first piece of legislation in response to last summer's theater shooting. >>> the government will be funded through the end of september reducing the likelihood of a shutdown. there's another vote in house today where it's expected to win approval. >>> rand paul favors path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. >>> and new york mayor michael bloomberg is setting his sites on cigarettes in hopin
public that although president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu hasn't had necessarily the coziest of relationships, that the two countries are still aligned to one another. in fact, the israeli embassy in washington released this video that we're about to show you to just show the connection between the two countries. >> warmly welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is ironclad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ traveled down the road >> reporter: so obviously president obama and prime minister netanyahu may not have had the coziest of relationships, but the two countries are reaffirming their alliance to one another, especially in the next couple of days. richard? >> that video reminding us of jibjab perhaps. thank you. >>> the pentagon is launching an investigation into the safety of mortars following an explosion monday night on a base in nevada. this morning the military confirmed
obama's visit to israel today. the focus turned to the long stalled peace process. though realistically no one thought anything would get solved on this trip. first, he spoke to the palestinians in the west bank and then he took his message directly to the israeli people. our chief white house correspondent chuck todd traveling with the president, with us once again tonight from jerusalem. chuck, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. well, he was playing the role of diplomat in chief. president obama today trying to persuade both israelis and palestinians to make some concessions to try to move the peace process forward. but as has been the case for years, everyone is struggling to get past the negotiating the terms of the negotiation stage. touching down in the west bank on his second day in the middle east, the president met with palestinian leader mahmoud abbas amid heavy security and palestinian protest. mr. obama told the palestinian president he needs to drop demands that israelis first stop building settlements in the west bank as a precondition to peace talks. >> if th
% of the electorate in the last year. 80% of latinos in california supported barack obama and other democratic candidates last year. that is the most lop sided turnout on record. so simply put no group was as helpful to the democrats in 2012 as latinos. >> republicans have been doing a lot of talk about quoting latinos. >> first soul searching and then action maybe. we say that finally because republicans have been discussing this lost opportunity since 2008 only to see only a worse outcome in 2012. now republicans are organizing to get back some of that vote. in california republicans have created something called grow elect. it is a new political action committee dedicated to identifying and cultivating latino candidates ranging from school board elections to maral campaigns. >> and the republicans are hoping for? >> to get back in theic politic game. just last week helped elect three latinos, races that were small, city council types. for the three winners it is the first time to experience support from the republican party. look for this group, grow elect to take on a more prominent role n
obama delivered today on the second day of his middle east trip. more from our world tonight. >>> raj, president obama urged both the israelis and palestinians to get back to the bargaining table and stop negotiating to negotiate. but president abbas is demanding they build jewish settlements. president obama agreed palestine must have its own state but said that israel must live in peace also. today, there were rocker s -- rockets today. >> they may as well reject the earth underneath them or the sky above, because israel is not going anywhere. >> president obama, speaking in front of a group of israeli students today, at the end of the night, mr. obama was awarded the medal of distinction, the first u.s. president to receive israel's highest honor. >>> and tomorrow, president obama will visit jordan and stay with king abdullah who is praising his visit. but protesters not happy. they burned the flag in the capitol city, upset with mr. obama's support for israel. >>> and iran angry at israel today, making destructive threats, today, their supreme leader, ayatollah saying that they w
, preparations are under way for the arrival of president obama. on wednesday mr. obama will make his first trip to the region as president. crews in jerusalem have been hanging up u.s. flags. the luxurious king david hotel is getting ready to receive the president and his entourage. they have been finalizing special dishes and anticipating any possible requests. >>> and now for a look at your monday weather. meteorologist bill karins is here. i guess the word of the day is jet stream. >> there's a huge storm off the west coast. it gives us one decent day. the exception up in the northwest. a little tiny storm coming up through southern british columbia bringing showers. a little snow at the high elevations. we're watching that moving down through. you can see headed towards bellingham, light rain showers for you and on the coast. this big storm winding itself up off the coastline here. there's a big, huge moisture plume all the way near hawaii up around this storm. there's a lot of moisture with it but not too much of it is going to move on shore. again, we're good today. we should be all right
officials in releasing palestinian prisoners being held currently in israeli jails and then president obama after his trip to gentlemramallah will se. it will be interesting to hear what he has to say. we may get a glimpse on what the obama administration has in store when it comes to both israeli and palestinian officials, richard. >> at least now from the pictures, atia, showing a visible simpatico. thank you. >>> new report this morning is sounding the alarm on the intelligence community. this morning's "the washington post" claims u.s. spy agencies are reportedly dropping the ball when it comes to key national security hot spots. now, these findings came out a 2012 panel of white house advisers including now defense secretary chuck hagel. "the post" saying agencies like the cia are ignoring places like china and the middle east to instead focus on current military operations and drone strikes. authorities say operations have been side-lined dating back more than a decade of conflict. the white house has not commented publicly on the report but recent remarks from top officials suggest t
to reconcile these two documents. the house budget would balance after ten years. repeal obama care. no tax increases. the senate budget doesn't get to balance after ten years, it includes $1 trillion of tax increases, even some stimulus money to try to get the economy going. but it's significant that they're fighting at a lower level of intensity and turmoil. notice that the congress left for easter break without a crisis over a government shutdown. there was no crisis over potential debt limit, and government default earlier this year. could come back this summer but so long as it lasts, that's calming for the markets and good for the economy, and it may, lester, leave some space still for a compromise in which democrats would agree to changes in cuts in medicare and social security, and republicans would come up with a little bit more tax revenue, lester. >> all right, john harwood tonight, thank you. >>> president obama wrapped up his four-day visit to the middle east today, after helping israel and turkey end a three-year diplomatic dispute. that, in turn, will help the region deal wit
a new pope was installed in rome, president obama makes a sensitive trip to the holy land for his first presidential trip to israel. the trip isn't ambitious. mostly the president seems to be responding to critics who question why he's not been to israel as president. truth is reagan never wept, and president george w. bush only visited during his final months in office. the president, however, is dogged by the perception that he's pulled toward the government of america's strongest ally in the middle east and by the criticism that his outreach to improve relations with the muslim world has been at israel's expense. during an interview on friday with me for "press pass," israel's ambassador to the u.s. sought to downplay any rift. >> there is a u.s./israel relationship which is deep, which is unbreakable, and that's a message of assurance to the people of israel at a very turbulent time in our region and a message to the people of the middle east. >> mr. obama will visit the grave site of theodore hertz el, the father of modern zionism, meant to send a strong signal to the region that t
ahead, a couple of rockets targeted directly at israel as president obama starts his second day of his trip to the middle east. we'll let you know how fresh violence there is affecting new hope for a peace deal. >>> and no rafts, no bikes, no pools, no ice skating. some big changes could be on the way to yosemite. the process was top of mind at their press conference. you heard president obama and president abbas make the case that everybody wants a two-state solution. the question is, how do you even get the negotiation started? the president admitted, he said, there's been too much negotiating in order to begin the negotiations. >> one of my main messages today, the same message i'm conveying in israel, is that we cannot give up, we cannot give up on the search for peace, no matter how hard it is. >> reporter: president obama called for no preconditions. he wants everybody to just start sitting down. >> make no mistake. those who adhere to the ideology of rejecting israel's right to exist might as well reject the earth beneath them or the sky above because israel's not going anywhere
house speaker john boehner will be the ranking u.s. official on american soil. president obama will be in the air en route to israel. vice president biden will be en route back from rome. while this confluence is a first for the obama administration, the white house today reminded reporters the president is the president wherever he goes. >>> it was a glittering night at the white house. 1985, princess diana and john travolta on the dance floor. her midnight blue gown was an instant sensation. it has sold at auction for $362,000 and change to an anonymous bidder who wanted to surprise his wife. >>> a big problem for lululemon, the makers of high end popular yoga clothes. they are recalling 17% of the women's yoga pants sold in their stores because they are see-through. they were made too sheer. they show too much. the vancouver-based company will take a financial hit and there may be shortages until their stock can get back up on its feet. >>> when we come back here tonight, a story of progress. schools thinking outside the box and outside the gym to help kids get some exercise
. >> president obama is on his way to the middle east. he's just hours away from landing in israel for the first time as commander in chief. the president took off from andrews air force base. officials setting a low expectation for the trip. president obama will meet with yahoo and then separately in the west bank before heading off to jordan. >> a new clue could help catch a copper thief. fremont investigators believe it may have been stolen and then used in a break in. thieves stole $25,000 worth of copper wire and then allegedly fled in this orange truck. you're urged to call fremont police. >> the city sweetening the pot. tonight, the city council agreed to give up millions of dollars in revenue if the 49ers end up hosting super bowl xl. the league says it will announce the home city in late may. >>> it is being built as the next antenna row. >> crews are working on a massive retail and residential village. nbc bay area is live with why not everyone is a big fan. >> well, jessica, supporters and opponents agree that traffic here in san antonio road is already bad. and critics of the develop
limo. it was quickly replaced with a backup. mr. obama is eager to use this visit to reset relations with a long time ally. >> we are following the red line, sir. >> oh, following the red line, okay. >> red lines all the time, huh? >> we're always talking about red lines. >> reporter: it may have been a joke, but the red lines for syria and iran are deadly serious business for both leaders. >> we have been clear that the use of chemical weapons against the syrian people would be a serious and tragic mistake. >> reporter: the president did not confirm whether chemical weapons have actually been used in syria, but he clearly didn't believe some initial reports. >> i am deeply skeptical of any claim that, in fact, it was the opposition that used chemical weapons. >> reporter: on iran, the two leaders took pains to show a united front with the israeli prime minister agreeing with the president that iran is at least a year away from developing nuclear weapons. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president is determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. >> and i will repeat, a
the thermometer will go in a few minutes. >>> president obama met with israeli and palestinian leaders. mr. obama says middle east peace with two independent states is still possible. though admits it will be extremely difficult to achieve. he met with palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas in the west bank, and again with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem. talks centered on how to jump-start the peace process. >>> a bay area woman is asking for your help tonight. she said someone stole her service dog right after she dozed off. she was on b.a.r.t. when it happened. karen lanahan said they were riding home. the two were on b.a.r.t. riding between san francisco and san bruno when she said she fell asleep and believes someone walked away with archie and his carrier. archie helps lanahan with her anxiety. she spent today putting up posters and searching for her dog. if you have any information about this, you're urged to call the local spca. >>> to the bay area proud series where we profile people who fill a need in the community. like feeding the hungry or finding homes
correspondent tonight. thanks. >>> this was an important date for president obama in the middle east after visiting both israel and the west bank. he met with king abdullah of jordan, a country facing some very turbulent times of its own post-arab spring. there may be no stronger arab ally to the u.s. and israel than jordan. our chief white house correspondent chuck todd traveling with the president and has our report. >> reporter: jordan's welcome for the president featured camels and bagpipes. ♪ at king abdullah's palace, a greeting by jordan's future leader, the young crown prince, a freshman at georgetown. topping the agenda, the war next door in syria. refugees flooding across the border could soon account for 20% of jordan's population. >> so for the americans in the audience have the equivalent of 30 million refugees crossing into the united states. the possibility of that going up to 60 million by the end of the year. >> reporter: the president announced $200 million in aid but still was pressed by a jordanian reporter on why the u.s. wasn't taking military action. >> the united
, washington. >>> president obama is heading back to the united states after wrapping up his visit to the middle east. he visited petra in jordan before departing for the capital, amman. jordan was the last stop on president obama's four-day trip to israel and the palestinian territories. it was his first visit as president. new details surrounding san jose's tenth homicide of the year. police released a picture today of the man, did they suspect of stabbing a young mother to death on friday. the crime happened in broad daylight in a parking lot across the street from the sheriff's department. 25-year-old juan ramirez had been stocking sandra cruz for about two years. the 29-year-old victim leaves behind a 10-year-old son and was afraid of ramirez. she had a restraining order against him. >> she was doing all the right things. she was contacting the police department, reporting these crimes, pulling out restraining orders trying to protect herself from this individual. it's unfortunate this happened. it appeared that she was doing everything she could do to avoid him. >> investigat
. police say the suspects will be charged with felony value dalism and felony conspire sis. >>> obama care supporters gathered in san francisco today to celebrate the third anniversary of the historic bill signed by the president. the get together celebrating the affordable care ability took place at a farmer's market. organizing for action volunteers were on hand to explain what's on the bill and the timeline for when different pieces take effect. >> well, we're also excited to make sure people know that one of the most important elements of that act is going into effect starting later this year, and that is the insurance exchange, where people who are not currently insured, unemployed, self-employed or the not have employer coverage will be able to go into a marketplace and get affordable insurance. >> president obama signed the historic health care legislation three years ago this weekend. >>> coming up next at 6:00, history in the making. the case headed to the supreme court this week that could effe effect same sex marriage in california and everywhere. >>> pope francis going offscrip
.com/interview. >>> president obama is wrapping up his last day in jordan tonight. the king expressed concerns about the civil war in syria. he says the small country is taking in 7,000 refugees every day. 460,000 in the past two years. president obama has pledged millions of dollars in aid. mr. obama answered a question from the audience about why the u.s. hasn't used force against the regime. >> the united states often finds itself in a situation where if it goes in military then it is criticized and if it doesn't then people say why aren't you. >> earlier in the the day the president visited the church of the nativity with palestinian leader. the holocaust memorial with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. before president obama left israel diplomatic kudos to him. he was able to persuade netanyahu to apologize. the two allies have had an icy relationship. >>> small airports are being forced to close the air traffic control as the latest fallout in the sequester cuts. the faa has ordered 149 control towers to shut down beginning in just the next couple of weeks. most of our local airports were spare td. sacr
back. president obama pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $9 an hour. but business is debating the unintended consequences of such a move. this week i caught up with starbucks ceo and founder howard schultz to talk about that, farming, and how high-tech is driving his business. >> some big news in the day was taking our loyalty program and our mobile payment business, which is very strong in our retail stores and leveraging it into the grocery store. so a customer buying a pound of coffee or a bottle of frappuccino at their local grocery store will get a reward and incentive to bounce back into the u.s. retail stores. >> you have been leveraging technology for a little while. how is that partnership with square going, howard? >> really well. you know, we made a $25 million investment in square because of the seismic change in technology, and specifically, smartphones. we are now the leading retailer in consumer brand in the world in terms of mobile payment transactions, over $3 million a week. so we are i think very enthusiastic about what will payment, our partners
settlement issues back to a pre-obama policy which says israel is not going to be giving away land as long as extremism is on the march. we have to have some peace process so the moderates in the region can be strengthened. that's where america should be. that's where people on both sides want to be. he achieved that. >> e.j. dionne, there is the prospect of conflict that can roil the region from syria as well as the threat from iran. the president also has to prepare the american public for some kind of u.s. engagement. >> well, you know, i don't think he has to prepare the u.s. public yet for engagement. i think the supporters of the iraq war said it would be the big bang in the middle east. well, it was, but it didn't work out the way they had hoped. they were arguing that it would create a new and democratic middle east. well, there has been the uprisings which may or may not have had anything to do with the iraq war but there's a lot of instability. but i think the president's trip was really important. he had three objectives and i think he achieved two of them. he had to get right w
rockets into the border town reportedly targeting rebel fighters. the obama administration announced it won't stop its allies from arming those rebels. >>> another volatile region is preparing for a visit from president obama. israel is rolling out the red carpet for mr. obama's arrival on wednesday. the president will visit israel, the west bank and jordan during his three-day trip. >>> vice president joe biden is in rome to attend the installuation mass. crews are working to prepare for tomorrow's ceremony. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend. >>> back here in the states, chilling new details about the young man who gunned down 20 children in the newtown massacre. the new york daily news said adam lanza kept a large spreadsheet seven feet long detailing mass murders from the past. a special panel released the preliminary report. recommended universal background checks, a ban on high capacity magazines and more school security specifically classroom doors that can be locked from the inside. >>> another possible mass murder averted. police say 30-year-old james was
clear it is not $800 billion or 1 trillion the obama administration has estimated. not even close. i'm sam brock and that is today's reality check. >>> we will be able to hear them but not see them when the supreme court justices debate the ban on same sex marriage no cameras will be allowed. the high profile case begins next tuesday. no cameras but the court says it will release audio recordings of the case within a couple of hours of the conclusion. >>> also the search is on for a missing san jose state student last spotted in the santa cruz mountains. 22-year-old gab real smith was reported missing earlier this morning. records show a state park ranger wrote him a ticket for camping illegally in the park just hours before he was reported missing. a formal search and rescue has not yet begun but deputies are asking for the public's help. he is 5'10" and about 150 pounds. >>> you have to spend money to make money. that appears to be the game plan for santa clara for landing super bowl l. kris sanchez joins us live from santa clara. not everyone is on board with that game plan. >> re
. >> reporter: good morning, matt. president obama is in the west bank today. it's his latest attempt to try to jump-start the middle east peace process. but judging by what was said today, it's clear that both sides are still negotiating whether to negotiate. touching down, the president got a stark reminder. militants in gaza, the other palestinian territory fired two rockets. while no one was injured, the president immediately condemned the attack. >> we condemn this violation of the important cease-fire that protects both israelis and palestinians, a violation that hamas has a responsibility to prevent. >> reporter: president obama is hoping to jump-start the peace process with separate one-on-one meeting with prime minister netanyahu and president abbas. getting the two sides to talk together is a challenge. >> the only way to begin the conversations is that we get everything right at the outset, or at least each party is constantly negotiating about what's required to get into talks in the first place. then we're never going to get to the broader issue. >> reporter: during his joint pr
. >>> the president is getting ready to head to the middle east. this evening president obama will get on "air force one" and fly to israel for his first foreign trip of his second term. the president will meet with members of the new israeli government, palestinian and king of jordan while on the trip. prior to leaving the white house, president obama will meet with the leaders of northern ireland. >> call this one the battle of the tech titans, samsung taking on apple in another venue this morning. reports are the asian tech companies working on a wristwatch that works a lot like a smartphone. if that sounds familiar, you're correct. just last month rumors started flying apple was working on a wristwatch that would perform the same functions as the iphone and ipad. at this point there's no word on how much either of the items would cost. this just the latest venue in which samsung is going directly, head to head, against apple. just last week samsung unveiling galaxy s4 newest competition for iphone. >> normally it doesn't react but galaxy s4 seems to have the cupertino company scared. right after
the inmates were captured. >>> preparations for president obama's visit to israel and the west bank are under way this weekend. crews in jerusalem have been hanging up american flags, and the police force is beefing up security. the president is due to arrive on wednesday. it's his first trip to the region as president. >> there was a large amount of cooperation, which is also taking place between the israeli police and american security. and this is the most important visit that is taking place since president bush's visit in 2009. >> the white house says the trip is part of an effort by the president to improve his rocky relationship with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >>> hundreds of people gathered in san francisco today with the gel of helping undocumented immigrants gain citizenship. the faith in community forum was held in an episcopal church in the mission district. it comes as the president announced that he wants to overhaul immigration laws and put some 11 million immigrants on a path to citizenship. a bipartisan group of senators is expected to introduce a bill on the
: welcome back. president obama leaves monday nor -- for israel and he said this monday about the theat from iran. >> we would say it would take over a year or so nor -- for iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon but obviously we don't want to cut it too close. chris: which brings us to this week's big question. what do you hear? >> what you hear from the president is him setting a time line in advance of his trip with meeting netanyahu. he knows netanyahu is anxious. he believes it's got to be sooner. he is the one who drew the red line. so he gave them the red line but also extended it. i know some people are going to hear that and say oh, boy -- boy, he said a year. but netanyahu heard at least he's setting one but not the one i want. chris: it's not a note, it's a promise. that's what i hear. >> that's the question. is it a promise? >> i think we are further away from the promise of imminent military action than last summer. what the president has said changes the equation a bit. what they are trying to do now is make it about weaponization rather than enrichment. >> that's interestin
its appeal, the party launched a $10 million vopledge to reach its votes. president obama has also changed his position, announcing his support of same-sex marriage last year and a new poll just today shows 58% of americans agree. brian? >> kristin welker at the white house for us tonight. kristin, thanks. >>> still ahead for us on a monday evening, a major break in one of this nation's largest unsolved mysteries. an unusual appeal from the fbi tonight and a $5 million reward up for grabs. >>> and later, a beautiful sight making a difference for a lot of kids. >>> it was 23 years ago tonight one of the most daring, certainly the largest art heist ever happened in the isabella gardner museum in boston. tonight the fbi is making an unusual public appeal to get some of the stolen masterpieces back, and there is a $5 million reward up for grabs. our report from nbc's pete williams. >> reporter: it remains one of america's major unsolved mysteries. who broke into boston's gardner art museum march 19, 1990 and slashed 19 pieces of art out of their frames, the world's biggest art heist an
the actor playing satan bears an uncanny resemblance to president obama. [ light laughter ] you know, this isn't the first time the president's portrayed as the devil. fox news does it every single day. [ laughter ] this is not new. this is not new. [ applause ] congresswoman michelle "nutball" bachmann back in the news. >> rickey: ah, come on. >> jay: she has attacked what
the cuts, cuts no one seems to like but no one is able to stop. brian mooar, nbc news, >>> president obama just returned to the u.s. after wrapping up a trip to the middle east. he visited jordan before departing from ahman. jordan was the last stop on the first-day trip to israel and palestinian territories. >>> and coming up next at 6:00 the controversial decision to reopen a racetrack a week after a crash took the lives of two people. why officials say they had no choice. >>> after a mild day in the bay area we are talking about temperatures that will be similar tomorrow. 70s in the forecast. but there is rain ahead. a series of storms we are watching that will offer much-needed rain. we're back with the details. launch sequence initiated. [ beep ] 15 seconds and counting. [ male announcer ] at kfc we have one mission: and t-10...9... serve the world's best-tasting chicken. that's why our chicken is delivered fresh. 8... and prepared fresh by real cooks 7... t-5. all systems go. 4... with kfc's world famous secret recipe. preparation complete... 2.....1... and now for a limited time you
years. [ clock chimes ] ♪ >> barack! barack obama! [ laughter ] >> it is i, the reverend martin luther king junior and i have come to visit with you on the night of this historic inauguration. >> this is incredible. there is so much i want to discuss with you. >> and i with you, barack. >> so tell me, dr. king, have i lived up to the promise of your legacy? are we on the right track as a nation? >> oh, we'll get to all of that, barack. we'll get to that. but, first things first, did you -- did you see that girl, beyonce? [ laughter ] >> excuse me? >> that girl, beyonce. did you see her up there? 'cause i was like "what?" [ laughter ] >> well, beyonce. well yes, she is a very beautiful woman. >> beautiful? raquel welch was beautiful. beyonce is like "damn." [ laughter ] i had to keep pinching myself. i thought i was having another one of my famous dreams. [ laughter ] >> dr. king, come on. i mean, she was there to sing our national anthem. >> was she, though? "access hollywood" begs to differ. >> "access hollywood?" >> yeah, they said she was lip synching. and i was like "i care why? ha
the marriage it would have been zero. >> reporter: president obama now says it is unconstitutional. >> the basic principle that america is founded on, the idea that we're all created equal, applies to everybody. regardless of sexual orientation. >> reporter: house republicans are now defending doma in court. >> the administration doesn't get to decide what's constitutional. the supreme court does. and our financing a lawsuit was to make sure that the proper forum was used to make sure we know what's constitutional and what isn't. >> reporter: the court hears the doma case on wednesday. the prop 8 case on tuesday. and both of them come here as public support for same-sex marriage is growing. different political climate than just four years ago when prop 8 became law. lester? >> pete, thanks. >>> at the vatican today, pope francis celebrated palm sunday mass before a crowd estimated at 250,000. he marked the start of holy week by encouraging people to be um balance and joyful and to lead simple lives. the pope from argentina announced he'll travel to neighboring brazil in july after
the way on nbcnews.com, off the trail but still in the spotlight. michelle obama steps up policy agenda. the first lady has a sharp focus on second-term policy causes now that there are no more elections on the horizon. >>> and "the wall street journal" has a feature entitled "investors pile into houses this time as landlords." housing is a smart place to invest your money. >>> looks like a scene out of a movie. monuments in 152 countries around the world went dark this weekend. it was not part of some super villain's plot. it was a time dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of climate change around the world. >>> divers in a sharkproof cage put that guarantee to the test when a great white shark came a little too close for comfort. wedging its head between the bars of the cage. it thrashed about for a few seconds before freeing itself and swim ago way. fortunately no divers were hurt. >> i would have passed out. >> i would have lost a beat or two in my heart. but the thing works. what if sharks are small enough to get through? >> you poke it in the eyes. that's what you're su
a stranger of the person i lived with and loved for 42 something live. >> president obama now calls the law unconstitutional. house republicans are defending it in court. a new pew research center shows the majority of americans now support gay marriage. researchers say it shows the largest change in opinions on a policy issue in a decade. in washington i'm danielle lee, nbc news. >>> moving on to business, shares in yahoo! hit a new 52-week high this morning. the company bought a new startup as well. scott mcgrew joins us. you were thinking about young ceos but in this case very young. >> he just turned 18. he invented something, he and as a 17-year-old. yahoo! bought his company lock, stock, and barrel. we don't know the exact price but it's in the few tens of millions of dollars. shares in yahoo! hitting that new 52-week high you mentioned, up $0.19 this morning. wall street in a very good mood after the company of cyprus was able to prevent its own bankruptcy by grabbing bank accounts of its own depositors. cyprus about the size of yahoo! if you compare gdp to market capitalization" goo
in its acceptance. today 58% to 49% in favor. president obama changed his mind. >> our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. >> reporter: hillary clinton agreed last week. mitt romney's stand against gay marriage surely hurt him in november. >> white evangelicals form a strong part of the republican base and are overwhelmingly opposed but others supports free freedom to marry. >> marriage laws are designed to attach mothers and fathers to each other and to the children that they may create and raise in the best environment. >> reporter: despite the snow, people are camped at the supreme court to get inside for tomorrow's argument. >> i have a lot of gay friends. i don't think they should be denied the right to marry the person they love. >> chief justice roberts set aside a seat for his cousin, a lesbian, who wants theo justice to declare the ban unconstitutional. chris and sandy raised four boys and want to marry. >> we love each other and we want to marry. we want to experience societal acceptance. >> reporter:
about that. thank you very much. >>> president obama is wrapping up his tour of the middle east this morning. natalie, good morning to you. >> good morning, everyone. that's right. the president is wrapping up his three-day visit to israel as he heads to jordan. nbc chief correspondent is traveling with the president. delivered some remarks that have a poignant reminder of some issues israel may be dealing with today. >> we have the choice to acquiesce to evil or make real our solemn vow, never again. we had the choice to ignore what happens to others or to act. >> reporter: the president heads to bethlehem to visit the church of the nativity and heads to aman, jordan, where he'll have one on one meetingings with king abdullah, on the docket the middle east peace process. >>> the government will stay up and running through september, but some $85 billion in spending cuts have put hundreds of thousands of government workers on temporary furloughs. thursday night the house passed the spending authorization that now heads to the president for his signature. >>> it turns out our uni
the messenger anymore. thanks. >>> president obama is back at the bhous this morning after a high profile trip to the middle east meant to build up his credential there's? david gregory moderator of "meet the press." >> does this represent a new engagement by the president in the middle east peace process? >> i think the president is signalling that he wants to use political capital to get a middle east peace process up again. he was accepteding a strong message to israel and the region that he stands shoulder to shoulder with the netanyahu government. they've not always had a great relationship, but that relationship is very strong country to country, no matter who the leader is, and it's particularly important because of the issue of iran and syria. no doubt, the obama white house will have to be dealing with. >> he is back wanting to deal with domestic issues including gun control. after sandy hook we all understood there was a narrow window to get change, meaningful change in terms of gun laws. what has happened now in terms of the assault weapons ban, and where all this goes? >> well, the
have been zero. zero. >> reporter: after first supporting doma, president obama now says it's unconstitutional. >> basic principle that america is founded on. the idea that we're all created equal. applies to everybody. regardless of sexual orientation. >> reporter: house republicans are now defending doma in court. >> the administration doesn't get to decide what is constitutional. the supreme court does. and our phillipsing of the lawsuit was to make sure that the proper forum was used to make sure that we know what is constitutional and what isn't. >> that was nbc's pete williams reporting. >>> postal workers across the country were out today to deliver a loud message to their boss. >> what do we want? >> the postmaster general wants to end saturday mail service to save about $2 billion a year. well, postal workers and supporters say the move is counterproductive and hurts both customers and employees. they're calling for a plan that would explore new business opportunities and revenue streams instead. saturday delivery is set to stop in august. >>> coming up, the researc
>> in the west bank city of bethlehem, a group of palestinians held a protest against obama's visit. they defaced a poster with his picture on it and drove over it with a car, as you see there. coming up later in the newscast, we'll highlight this weekend's cpack convention animated sarah palin and jeb bush with harsh words for the republican party. >>> postal workers across san francisco this morning protesting their boss's decision to cut services. the forum starting with the postmaster's general decisions called into question. christie joins us live with all the details. christie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, jon. those protesters just wrapped up 15, 20 minutes ago. they really wanted to send a strong message to u.s. postmaster in san francisco about cuts to service and selling properties. we had a chance to speak with patrick donahue. they have lost 70% of mail volume and can't sit back and do nothing. they gathered outside where he's speaking at a four-day convention about the mailing industry. this as the postal service with huge deficits, closing centers an
. we are in jerusalem where president obama tomorrow will begin a visit to boost relations with israel, the palestinian authority, and jordan. for the united states, the war in iraq began ten years ago, but for iraqis, it never really ended. it began on a clear night, with military precision, as guided bombs brought shock and awe to baghdad. u.s. troops charged up through the desert, and soon baghdad was falling. iraq's oil money was supposed to pay for the war. it didn't work out that way. from now on, the war set its own agenda, an insurgency erupted that became a religious civil war. sunnis versus shiites, americans now stuck battling to keep the two sides from killing each other, and u.s. forces. iraqis accuse the united states of invading to find weapons of mass destruction that were never there, and destroying a delicate religious balance. the white house stopped claiming all was well in iraq, and thousands more troops surged. the violence dropped, and americans left, nine years, almost 4,500 troops killed, 32,000 wounded, 130,000 iraqi civilians killed. the cost, according to a
'll get started with the beginning of president obama's trip to the middle east. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd is in jerusalem this morning. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. among the first things the president said as he got air force one "it's good to get away from congress." that's the tone he set. there is more serious business here. this trip will be heavier on symbolism, probably lighter on substance. the big small goal, if you will, of the president, is to improve his personal perception here in israel, and hope that improvement gives him greater influence in the region. president obama arrived this morning in israel his first visit here as president. >> thank you so much, good to see you. >> it's wonderful to be here. >> how are you, my friend? good to see you. >> reporter: greeted with pomp and circumstance. topping the agenda with prime minister netanyahu the conflict in syria and iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but little progress is expected open the dormant israeli/palestinian peace plan. it's not how he thought thi
territories and jordan while a reinvigorated peace process is one goal, more pressing concerns for the obama white house are the threats from iran and the effect of the relentless bloodshed in syria. we want to begin with some analysis about the president's trip this morning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel back from the region. he is in new york this morning. i have david brooks of "the new york times" and e.j. dionne with me in washington. richard, let me start with you. the president called on israel to renew efforts to the creation of a palestinian state. he helped restore the israeli/turkish relationship. so what else do you think he can return with that he can actually build upon? >> reporter: well, i think the reconciliation between turkey and israel is something that's very important because i wouldn't see the chances right now of an israeli/palestinian reconciliation but i do think the middle east recognizes that there are urgent regional matters as syria implodes that the region needs to have some sort of summit and turkey is going to play a big part of that. so i
to president barack obama. >>> emma watson smacked down rumors she will play anastasia in "50 shade of grey." who here actually thinks i'm doing "50 shades of grey" as a movie. like really? >>> we have a very important question for ashley haynes in oklahoma. >> ashley you're amazing. will you go to the prom with me? >> you have to say yes now. you got a lot of support here. we're taking a look at our pick city of the day. in chicago today not going to be a nice one. no. sleet will change over to rain showers. 38 degrees. could create travel troubles at least this morning. there should be some improvement later on today. even though spring starts on wednesday and it doesn't feel like it we're still giving you your pollen forecast. mostly our highest reports coming out of the southeast and down across texas where it has nice warm temperatures above average 80s and 90s. snow basically from north dakota stretching right over into washington, d.c., although we're not going to see accumulating snow in d.c. maybe an inch or so in new york city but more of a new england storm especially late today
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